Hide! Hide! Witch!
The good folks come to burn thee,
their keen enjoyment hid behind
a gothic mask of duty.
Mobbing among birds and mammals should not be seen as a metaphor for what happens
among us humans. It should be recognized as the same thing, the same
bursting forth of two instincts at once: the instinct to join with others in
an unusually cohesive group, and the instinct to destroy a target.
— Mobbing, a Natural Fact, lecture at the University of Graz, 2007.
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